Digital Scholarship Librarian Vancouver, BC


Digital Scholarship Librarian

Koerner Library, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus

Full-Time, Ongoing

Anticipated Start Date: March 1, 2019


The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre - a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

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More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2015-2017 can be viewed at learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library - Why work with us.


The Koerner Library and UBC Library Research Commons provide services and collections to support the research needs of students, faculty and staff, with a focus on the humanities and social sciences in the Koerner Library and prioritization for graduate students in the interdisciplinary UBC Library Research Commons.The Digital Scholarship Librarian works within the Koerner Library while providing campus-wide service development and support across all arts, humanities and social sciences departments and in the Research Commons.

The Digital Scholarship Librarian establishes and develops a dynamic, multifaceted program that addresses the growing demand for digital arts, humanities and social sciences partnerships and support on campus. The librarian works closely with the UBC Library Research Commons, Digital Programs and Services, Advanced Research Computing (ARC), and other campus entities to identify innovative and evolving digital tools and resources that advance scholarly investigation in the arts, humanities and social science disciplines, while building on traditional research methodologies. The Digital Scholarship Librarian is a change agent, partner, and resource person for librarians and specialists involved in facilitating faculty and student digital projects and keeps abreast of the campus environment to identify emerging areas of interest. The Digital Scholarship Librarian also works as a subject librarian for assigned humanities or social sciences disciplines.



  • Graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science.
  • Education or experience in the arts, humanities or social sciences.
  • Strong information and digital literacy skills.
  • A proactive, user-centred vision of services and a commitment to responsive and innovative service practices.
  • Familiarity with research methodologies across a variety of arts, humanities and social science disciplines including emerging tools and technologies relevant to the production, dissemination and reception of research.
  • Experience with digital arts, humanities, and social science research tools and approaches (e.g., text mining, data analysis and visualization, image analysis, augmented reality), and the ability to provide research and consultation services to researchers with varying levels of technical expertise.
  • Knowledge of data issues in the research/knowledge creation lifecycle.
  • Experience developing and delivering instructional sessions, teaching workshops, and making presentations.
  • Familiarity with bibliographic management tools in academic institutions and trends in library collections.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and develop partnerships with faculty, librarians, and others to advance digital arts, humanities and social sciences research, within and across a complex organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan and carry out projects both independently and as member of a team; flexibility, and willingness to assume a variety of assignments.
  • Open to experiment with and improvise new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback.
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds; takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity.


  • Experience developing a multifaceted program for a multidisciplinary constituency.
  • An academic background or related experience in Digital Humanities, English or Journalism.
  • Programming or scripting experience for digital scholarship.
  • Experience with writing grant proposals.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change.
  • Experience supervising staff.


Reports to the Head, Koerner Library. In consultation with the Head, plans and implements digital scholarship services for users. Consults and works collaboratively with colleagues both within the unit and across the UBC Library in the provision of services. Actively collaborates beyond the Library with UBC IT staff, ARC, and other campus and external partners.The Digital Scholarship Librarian will foster successful adoption and application of digital arts, humanities and social science approaches to research, teaching, and learning, in collaboration with faculty, students and librarians. Works in collaboration with UBC Collections Services to support the collections needs of assigned liaison area. May supervise the work of library staff and students in the provision of services.


Digital Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Provide expertise to arts, social sciences and humanities scholars and students on digital techniques and tools that will advance their research and the Library’s contributions to faculty and student research projects in the arts, humanities and social sciences
  • Serve as a strategist and resource person for the Library on trends in the digital arts and humanities.Provide support and regular training programs for the Library staff focused on digital arts and humanities.
  • Coordinate and disseminate information about digital scholarship in the arts on campus and connect scholars across disciplines to facilitate interdisciplinarity.
  • Identify and evaluate current and emerging digital tools and methodologies that support arts, humanities and social sciences scholars.
  • Develop strategies for collaboration, program planning, and support for interdisciplinary digital projects.
  • Conduct environmental scans of arts, humanities, and social science departments in conjunction with subject librarians and specialists to identify current and emerging scholarly projects for which digital tools and methodologies are appropriate.
  • Provide support and advice to the Music, Art and Architecture and Asian Libraries, and other branches as the need arises, in order to develop strategies focused on scholars’ digital production and curation needs.

Collection and Resource Development

  • Provide input and analysis into the selection, acquisition, and renewal of Library resources in print and electronic formats, with a focus on resources specific to the digital research environment in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Proactively ensure that collections meet information needs in assigned subject areas, and that digital research resources (e.g., text and data mining) meet the needs of arts, humanities and social sciences researchers.
  • Assist in special projects and the development of collection policies.

Reference, Instruction, Liaison

  • Serve as subject librarian for assigned humanities or social science disciplines.
  • Initiate and maintain strong working relationships and collaboration with faculty in assigned departments and subject areas. Collaborate with faculty on course-integrated instruction and deliver workshops for students in assigned liaison areas.
  • Develop and maintain web-based resources to deliver information to users, including the creation of web pages, instructional materials, subject and research guides, tutorials, and other learning objects, within assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Provide reference and research assistance to support users in assigned liaison areas, specialized research assistance and consultation in the digital humanities, and across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences in general.

Assessment and Management

  • Initiate and participate in needs assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation for the provision of services in areas of responsibility, and for the Library; consult with Assessment Librarian to undertake this work and engage in evidence-based decision-making.
  • Plan and implement services for users, or other activities as assigned, which may include supervision of staff and/or student employees.

Professional Development and Library Service

  • Participate in University, Library and campus planning activities, committees and task forces as appropriate.
  • Participate in relevant conferences and meetings and make presentations where appropriate.
  • Undertake, or assist with, special projects or other temporary assignments as required.

Current Awareness:

  • Remain current with research developments and literature in the areas of specialization through scanning of journal and other professional literature, monitoring of electronic sources, and engagement with scholars.
  • Maintain expertise in electronic information resources and technologies.
  • Keep current with changing professional expectations, services requirements, and developments in academic libraries.


This position will be filled as a full-time, ongoing position. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment.Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of the appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 5 years of experience.However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on January 3rd, 2019.

Closes: 3 January, 2019

Vancouver, BC